Young guns on state team

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THE fu­ture is bright for the Sun­shine Coast triathlon fra­ter­nity, with five Coast ath­letes mak­ing it into the Triathlon Queens­land team.

Those se­lected in the ma­roons team are un­der-20s Romy Wol­s­ten­croft (Sun­shine Coast Tri Acad­emy), Jake Hynes (SCTA), un­der-16s Chloe McLen­nan (Race Pace Coach­ing), and un­der-14s Pey­ton Craig (SCTA) and Jazzy Shults (SCTA).

All mem­bers of the team will com­pete in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior and Youth Cham­pi­onship se­ries.

This sea­son marks an im­por­tant one for ath­letes as they work to­wards se­lec­tion for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games team.

The Queens­land team has a long his­tory of pro­duc­ing ath­letes who have proved suc­cess­ful on the world stage. Olympians Ash­leigh Gen­tle, Emma Jack­son and Ryan Fisher, and 2017’s break­through ath­lete Matt Hauser, have all been Triathlon Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives in their ju­nior years.

“We have se­lected ath­letes into this pro­gram for a long time, and we are look­ing to con­tinue that tra­di­tion, but also re­ally fo­cus down on these ath­letes,” ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tim Har­ra­dine said ahead of the na­tional se­ries.

“We will be work­ing through a holis­tic ap­proach to de­velop these in­di­vid­u­als as ath­letes and peo­ple.

“Triathlon is a late de­vel­op­ing sport, and we re­alise there is a wealth of ta­lent in this group and in those not se­lected. We will be look­ing to as­sist in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of as many ath­letes as pos­si­ble.”

Ju­nior de­vel­op­ment and coach­ing of­fi­cer Dan Mangano had noth­ing but praise for the lo­cal clubs and coaches.

“The coaches of these ath­letes have done an amaz­ing job in de­vel­op­ing these ath­letes, the clubs con­tinue to sup­port the pro­gram, and we are ex­cited about this crop of ta­lent com­ing through,” he said.

Ath­letes have been se­lected from across Queens­land, based on their re­sults over the past sea­son.

Plac­ings in the na­tional ju­nior se­ries, the School Sport Aus­tralia com­pe­ti­tion and lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions were used in the se­lec­tion process.

Au­to­matic se­lec­tion was granted to ath­letes with out­stand­ing re­sults in last year’s na­tional ju­nior se­ries or Aus­tralian Schools Cham­pi­onships. The depth of ta­lent within the pool of ju­nior ath­letes made the se­lec­tion process dif­fi­cult.

The sched­ule for the team will be fi­nalised in the next week.

“We look for­ward to sup­port­ing our ath­letes over the com­ing sea­son and watch­ing them grow and de­velop,” Dan said.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

Jazzy Shults is on the Queens­land team.

Pey­ton Craig.

Jake Hynes.

Chloe McLen­nan.

Romy Wol­s­ten­croft.

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